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What to Do along the Jordan King's Highway

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Jordan's ultimate road trip is the King's Highway, which swoops over the high ridge of the Great Rift Valley. While the landscape of rolling plains interspersed with views of barren cliffs tumbling down to the Dead Sea basin is enough of a reason to drive this road, it's the history here that is its greatest highlight. This is an ancient route, traveled by kings, conquerors, and Crusaders. A road trip here is a journey into Jordan's past.
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Al-Quds St., Amman, Jordan
Pilgrims since the Byzantine period have claimed this spot to be where Moses finally saw the Promised Land, and where the prophet died. Today, the Moses Memorial Church here (a modern construction, built over an earlier Byzantine church) is home...
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Al Jizah, Madaba, Jordan
For knockout views of Madaba, plus the fun of scrambling around oversize bells on your way up the bell tower, don't leave Madaba without visiting the Shrine of the Beheading of John the Baptist Latin Church. Built over Madaba's ancient acropolis,...
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Madaba, Jordan
Mukawir (ancient Machaerus), a short drive off the King's Highway, is said to be where John the Baptist lost his head after Salome danced for King Herod. There are only scant remains of Herod the Great's castle on the conical mountaintop, but...
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Umm ar-Rasas, Jordan
One of the joys of visiting Umm ar-Rasas is the lack of other people. These extensive ruins may be home to some of Jordan's most magnificently preserved mosaics, but there's hardly ever another visitor in sight. The main focus is St Stephen's...
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Kerak, Jordan
Central Jordan is bisected by the King’s Highway, which runs south between the Dead Sea and the desert. The undoubted highlight of traveling this route is the massive Crusader castle of Karak, with its immense fortifications...
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محمية ضانا, Dhana 66666, Jordan
Dana Biosphere Reserve is the largest nature reserve in Jordan. For hikers and trekkers, it’s one of Jordan’s top places to get out into the wilderness, but even the less adventurous will enjoy a stop here simply to enjoy the...
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Shobak, Jordan
Built in 1115, Shobak was originally named Mont Realis by the Crusaders and formed part of their defensive line that stretched from Jerusalem down into southern Jordan. Today Shobak occupies a lonely hillock summit amid rolling plains and has a...